The term ‘bust’ has been thrown around. In three years in the league, and two seasons of active playing time, Breshad Perriman has not done much. Neither had Nelson Agholor. The fellow receiver from a draft class that was thought to be tremendous has seen a spike in his production and has looked like a different player than the one seen in the past two years.
While he has not shown much, the fact that he has never had a full training camp needs to be accounted for. Perriman has world class speed and film has shown he has the ability to get off press coverage, albeit not consistently enough. His 15-yard catch on third and five against the Raiders demonstrates said ability.
With Joe Flacco and the offensive line possibly coming back to form, the Ravens will start to feature more of their deep passing game, as seen against Oakland. Opportunities for the big plays that made Perriman an early second to first round prospect may be on the horizon. Opportunities have come to Philadelphia's Nelson Agholor. With the addition of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, combined with the development of Carson Wentz, Agholor found a full-time role in the slot and with pressure now removed, has started to showcase his skill-set. Perriman is in a similar situation. If the offense improves as a whole, his targets will increase.
It is too early to slap on the bust moniker on a player who is only in his third year. If the end of the current season sees his statistical totals and his overall impact being the same as it was in the prior season, then the bust talks will be justified. Until then, it would be best to remain patient.